Photos SpaceX & NASA launch CRS-23 to the ISS on Sunday 8-29-21 3:14 AM EDT or 07:14 UTC first stage booster lands on ASOG new drone ship!

NASA & SpaceX scrubbed CRS-23 Cargo Dragon to the ISS just eight minutes 40 seconds before launch

With only a 40% chance of Go For Launch the space coast weather from the Atlantic ocean including rain and lightning surrounded the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket causing a scrub just eight minutes and 40 seconds before the launch attempt could occur and SpaceX B-1061.4 (it’s 4th flight) and cargo Dragon remains on the pad on historic launch complex 39A from Kennedy Space Center Florida.

The new launch time is now 03:14:48 EDT or 07:14:48 UTC Sunday morning August 29, 2021. Over 4,800 pounds of research investigations, cargo, food and technology demonstrations are on board cargo Dragon C208 which previously flew on the CRS-21 mission. The spacecraft will dock with the ISS forward port of the Harmony Module now on Monday Morning 8-30-21.

SpaceX newest drone ship on its maiden recovery mission is still down range in the Atlantic waiting to accomplish its first Falcon 9 first stage booster landing on (ASOG) A Shortfall Of Gravitas.

In one on one interviews with various teams whose experiments are flying to the ISS on this launch NASA manager of applications Jennifer Scott Williams said over 108 countries have participated in ISS science investigations so far and about 40 to 45 experiments are flying on CRS-23. Many of the experiments have a long incubation periods and all of them are trying to answer how things work in microgravity thus improving our lives on Earth.

A proud day for Puerto Rico! Doctor Amilcar Rincon and his team of students over the last 15 years from the School of Engineering of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon campus display their first nanosatellite PR-CuNaR2 and this is their fifth prototype which is now ready for flight.

2020 Making Space For Girls has three science investigations going to space from the Girl Scout organization and 12 year old Jordan Dian a 7th grader from California discussed her science investigation and hope this will inspire young girls all over the world and help future space colonies & astronauts to have animals on Mars. Jordan wants to become a zoologist in the future and 680 girls registered for this challenge and three different experiments are on board this launch including plant seeds, brine shrimp and ant colonies in a blue gel medium.

Mary Ann Berry Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and Sharon Hagel displayed the ant colony experiment and talked of their dreams to become astronauts one day. Faraday Research Facility developed by ISS U.S. National Laboratory Commercial Service Provider ProXops, LLC will launch these experiments on this platform capable of housing up to 12 remotely operated “micro lab” experiments which will provide a cost and resource effective way to transport, conduct, and return spaceflight investigations.

Doctor Alessandro Grattoni Chairman & Professor of Bio Medicine Houston Methodist Research Institute and Doctor Nicola DiTrani from Italy demonstrated the 6×6 mm implantable chip with a mini computer and blue tooth communication capabilities for sustained drug delivery for chronic illness like hypertension, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. This investigation will also be using the ProXops container for their research experiment. Doctor Grattoni has partnered with big names like Novartis and Lamborghini on previous missions to the ISS.

On a side note he confirmed the carbon fiber material designed by Lamborghini and his team which was placed outside the ISS exposed to radiation for six months showed very little degradation when it was returned from space. This sample from Lamborghini was flown on NG-12 out of Wallops Island Virginia and returned by a Cargo Dragon.

Japan’s GITAI versatile robotic arm will be working inside the ISS and not outside in the harsh environments of space and will conduct multiple tasks inside the Nanoracks Bishop Airlock on Node 3 of the ISS. This may help communities after natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes.

Further information from NASA includes:
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/spacex-23-research-highlights

Article & Photos by Scott Schilke spacenews.lu & spacenews.es with NASA article

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